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Toray Plans Additional Carbon Fiber Expansion

12:50 PM MST | March 3, 2008 | Natasha Alperowicz

Toray Industries (Tokyo), the biggest producer of carbon fiber, says it will add 1,000 m.t./year of capacity at the company’s Ehime, Japan plant, lifting capacity at the site for the company’s Torayca polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-coated carbon fiber to 8,300 m.t./year by July, 2009. The project involves construction of a carbonization facility for special thin carbon fibers for industrial use. Thin carbon fibers have good moldability, making them suitable for use in automotive parts, bicycle frames, and industrial robots, which have to meet...

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